Grandma Lo-Fi. The Basement Tapes of Sigridur Nilsdottir

Documentary | ISL, DK 2011 | 63' | OV

For her 70th birthday Icelandic retiree Sigríđur Níelsdóttir gets an old stereo – and starts to mix sounds and notes into music in her basement apartment in Reykjavík. She can’t read music, but just jingles on the synthesizer, records pets and household items, mixing it all together via a double tape deck, adding layer after layer. That way she has recorded almost 700 songs on 60 cassettes within the last seven years – and has become an inspiration for a whole generation of Icelandic lo-fi musicians. The »lo-fi« concept also permeates every aspect of this lovingly constructed 60 minutes documentary debut by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jonsson und Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir: Blurry Super8 footage, partly black and white, alternates with childlike collages and stop motion animation. GRANDMA LO-FI’s original music bleeps and cheeps in the background, while other musicians sing their praise for this pioneer in truly lo-fi fashion. A dreamy portrait of an extraordinary life story.

Sæmundur Nordfjörd, Louise H. Johansen
Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Orri Jónsson, Magnús Helgason
Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jónsson
Kjartan Kjartansson
Sigrídur Níelsdóttir
Principal Cast
Sigrídur Níelsdóttir, Gunnar Örn Tynes, Hildur I. Gudnadóttir, Kría Brekkan, Mr. Silla, Mugison, Örvar Smárason, Sin Fang
Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
Republik Productions/Sunn Productions

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